How Failure Helps You Grow and Succeed

Failure is a normal and an important part of life. No matter how hard you work to reach your personal or career goals, you might still fail at some point. This shouldn’t discourage you, though. What’s important is that you stay motivated and that you don’t fear...

Ways to Effectively Communicate with your Virtual Team

Communication is essential in building good relationships with your employees or contractors. It could be bit challenging, though, for employers or business owners who are managing remote workers or a virtual team. You don’t share and work in a physical office and you...

Benefits of Working With an Outsourcing Team

Nowadays, outsourcing is considered a common practice and popular strategy implemented by companies, regardless of size or industry. If you are an entrepreneur looking to grow your business, hiring an outsourcing team, instead of freelancers is most likely a better...

Surefire Ways to Grow Your Business

Starting your own business is no easy feat. Naturally, innovative and strategic business owners like you would do a lot of research before finally launching it. While it is one thing to start a business, growing it is a different thing. You’ll be in on a different set...

Infographic: Inspiring and Innovative Young Entrepreneurs

Happy Infographic Friday, everyone! To continue our blog series for March, we discovered inspiring and innovative young entrepreneurs through our blogs this week. First, we learned about five of the Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40. A 36-year-old industrial...

Web Usability Series: Part 1 – Keep it Simple

The multi-part Pepper guide to creating simple and elegant web pages that people will visit Most of the things we use daily are pretty simple. They're so simple, in fact, that we barely give them a second thought. Take, for example, markers. We use them, as their name...

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A Tidal Wave of Help, Support & Prayers for Japan

Let’s send another tidal wave to the shores of Japan, stronger and mightier than the one that wreaked havoc to the country. Let this be a tidal wave of support and prayers that will help them overcome the tragedy that has befallen them, and rebuild the lives and...

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The Work-Life Balancing Act

Work-Life balance - the phrase was first heard in the late 1970s, describing the balance between an individual's work and personal life.  Now, almost half a century has passed, and just when the world started believing that the conveniences of modern technology would...

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The Morning Rush

QUIT THE MORNING RUSH There was a time when my rush hour would start even before I hit the road - when all I had time for was a quick shower and two sips out of my coffee mug. For over a year, my mornings seemed like that of a tazmanian devil running in and out the...

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How to Manage Stress

Have you ever read a job post which says “must be able to handle stress or can cope up with stress” as one of the traitsbeing looked for? This only shows how society perceives stress. It has already become a part of our lives, a given, an inevitable that must be dealt...

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Quarter Life Crisis

This is the time during your mid-twenties to late thirties when you feel as if you are still waiting for your life to unfold despite having finished school for years. When you were younger, you have set your personal goals, and now, you begin to question if you have...

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Clients Visit Pepper Virtual Assistants

We're a team of virtual assistants, but that doesn't mean you can't meet us in the real world. In fact, a few of our clients have visited Pepper HQ already. Russ Meuchel of Ember Recording Studios Our first client visit was in February when Russ Meuchel of Ember...

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How to Stop Wasting Time at Work

If only all of us know how to maximize the hours that we have in a day, we would all be rich—in accomplishments! Being able to produce more output in a day will not only entitle you for a possible promotion (if an office employee) or extra revenue (if working from...

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Pepper Official Holidays

Another holiday coming up? Yes, that’s right. The Philippines has a lot of holidays. But don’t worry, these holidays help us rejuvenate so that when we come back to work, we can attack your projects with a lot of vigor and energy! To help you maximize our service and...

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How to Jack Up Your Productivity

When you think about it, man’s constant desire for better, faster, more has never seemed to die down or change. Back when we all lived in caves, we invented the wheel to go places, carry heavier loads, basically do things faster, better, and more. Today, the “wheels”...

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How To Extract your Creative Juice

The Internet seems to shrink the ground for creativity. As the world gets bombarded with countless innovations, you are left with little to nothing new to offer in the marketplace. Due to the fast pace of modernization, creativity somehow changes from “it takes time”...

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Working with a Virtual Assistant

It is true that you can explore more activities you’ve been craving to do if you have a Virtual Assistant (VA) working at your back. From filtering your mails, updating your twitter, writing your blogs, editing your manuscripts, drafting letters to your clients, fast...

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13 Ways To Green Up Your Workplace

"Paperless office" is a term that’s been around awhile. Plenty have adapted it, but some are still skeptical or daunted by the idea. “No paper? But how do we keep track of important documents?” “How do we let go of the old ways?” “How much would that cost me?” “How do...

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Typhoon Ketsana: The Aftermath

No one was prepared for the wrath that typhoon Ketsana (local name Ondoy) released when it hit the Philippines last September 26, 2009. That was the day when Metro Manila experienced the worst rainfall in its history. Imagine getting 341 mm or 13.4 inches of rainfall...

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Top Five Stress Busters

Do you feel easily irritated or annoyed recently?  Is there a significant change in your eating or sleeping habits?  Are you feeling listless or having trouble concentrating?  Hopefully, you haven’t answered “yes” to all of these questions or else you would be on the...

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20 Most Useful Vista Sidebar Gadgets

If you are a Windows Vista user, you’re probably enjoying all the fancy features that are designed for better security and easier use, not to mention the sleek interface, making computer use more enjoyable. One of its best features is the Windows Sidebar. The Sidebar...

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Are You Making These 5 Work-at-Home Mistakes?

A home business offers the ultimate in a flexible lifestyle where you can pursue your dreams and passions while balancing a happy home life. For all the merits of a work-at-home arrangement, it has its challenges, too. It's important to steer clear of these five...

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